Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World


Since the end of World War II, U.S. foreign policy has relied on the three distinct policy tools: defense, diplomacy and development. These three Ds have worked together to develop mutually reinforcing strategies that have enjoyed strong bipartisan support for over 70 years. Continued U.S. leadership across the globe is not only a moral imperative … Continue reading Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World

Congressional Leaders Voice Concern About Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to State Department and USAID


The Trump Administration has proposed $37.6 billion for International Affairs in its Fiscal Year 2018 “skinny budget”.  This request reduces funding levels for the State Department and USAID by 31% compared to the FY17 Continuing Resolution. Members of Congress have responded swiftly to the administration’s plan expressing concern over such a severe proposed reduction in … Continue reading Congressional Leaders Voice Concern About Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to State Department and USAID

MFAN Community Pushes Back on Trump Administration’s Deep Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance


This week the Trump Administration submitted its FY2018 “skinny budget” request to Congress.  The proposal asks for $37.6 billion for International Affairs, a 31% reduction in funding for the State Department and USAID compared to the FY17 Continuing Resolution. MFAN has come out strongly opposing this deep and disproportionate cut.  The MFAN Co-Chairs released a … Continue reading MFAN Community Pushes Back on Trump Administration’s Deep Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance

MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact


One theme received more attention than anticipated during newly-confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – the effectiveness of foreign aid.  Over a dozen Senators questioned Tillerson on issues including transparency and accountability as well as specific initiatives like PEPFAR, Feed the Future, and Power Africa. In … Continue reading MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact

Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance


For over a decade, donors and developing countries alike have embraced the notion that “country ownership” should be central to the way aid is designed and delivered. Ownership is widely considered critical for achieving and sustaining program results, building local capacity to help countries transition from aid, and strengthening the citizen-state compact by shifting accountability … Continue reading Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance

Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress


With the votes counted and the election results now in, MFAN is looking toward the next administration and Congress for opportunities to enhance U.S. development cooperation in 2017 and beyond. Recently, MFAN called for the continuation of strong, bipartisan support for robust and effective foreign assistance and outlined practical recommendations for how the next president … Continue reading Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress

From Policy to Practice: Institutionalizing Evaluations at USAID


In a town that thrives on sound bites and photo ops, it’s rare to find an accomplishment that goes unheralded by its authors. Yet last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) quietly released a major overhaul of its operational guidelines with little more than a tweet. Known as the Automated Directives System (ADS), … Continue reading From Policy to Practice: Institutionalizing Evaluations at USAID

U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward


Over the past decade aid transparency has moved from being a little-known concept to the norm. The value of making timely and accurate aid data publicly available is now widely accepted as essential to good decision-making. Good data is the foundation of rigorous monitoring and real-time feedback, and is at the heart of transparency and … Continue reading U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward

Sustainability Through Local Ownership: Coming Soon to More USAID Missions


In a return to best practices, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s new policy and strategy guidance (ADS) tells the Missions to operationalize sustainability through local ownership in all parts of the program cycle. This is great news for many USAID career staff whose experience has shown that development programs cannot be effectively … Continue reading Sustainability Through Local Ownership: Coming Soon to More USAID Missions